We’ve compiled a list of reliable online resources to help you stay informed on the latest developments of the H1N1 influenza, also known as Swine Flu.
How to Protect Your Child and Family from Swine Flu
As this story continues to develop the most important thing to remember is to keep your family up-to-date with the most current information on H1N1. Here are a few tips from the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) to teach your children about Swine Flu.
- Always cover your mouth when you sneeze.
- If you don’t feel well, stay home for at least a twenty-four-hour period after symptoms have ended. The Swine Flu is contagious so restricted access to other children is strongly recommended.
- Wash your hands regularly.
Worried your child may have the Swine Flu? Here are the CDC warning signs. If your child is experiencing any of these symptoms, seek medical attention right away.
- Fast breathing or trouble breathing
- Bluish or gray skin color
- Not drinking enough fluids
- Severe or persistent vomiting
- Not waking up or not interacting
- Being so irritable that he or she does not want to be held
- Flu-like symptoms improve but then return with fever and worse cough
In general, doctors say that many parents do not recognize some of the most serious medical situations. We have collected the top ten symptoms pediatricians want you to call about right away.
- Centers for Disease Control and Prevention: The CDC’s “Information for Concerned Parents and Caregivers” will help you identify the symptoms of Swine Flu and know what to do if your child gets sick. (CDC)
- World Health Organization: To check what’s happening around the world, head to the World Health organization for official announcements. (WHO)
- Health Map: On this site, you can view confirmed cases of Swine Flu on a visual map. Alerts will also send you to news articles for more details. (Health Map)
- U.S. Food and Drug Administration: Select from a list of links to state health agencies to learn more about your state’s health policies. (FDA)
- U.S. Department of Health & Human Services: Keep updated on U.S. cases of Swine Flu and watch Secretary Sebelius’ “PlanFirst Webcast on H1N1 Flu” for her answers to common questions.(Department of Health)
Ultimately, simply taking a few precautions to prevent the common cold, you will go a long way toward preventing H1N1 as well.
By Brooklyn Presta for Parents.com